Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"We've got to change the mindset"

Some veterans groups are doing better. About 180 people are members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Bellingham, said Mary Durgin, an administrator for the organization. Franklin's VFW post has about 90 members. 
But overall, "The veteran organizations are dying," said Bob Fahey, Franklin's veterans agent. "It's a different time and place. A lot of people back then (after World War II) found their social activities in fraternal organizations. The soldiers that were returning, many of them wanted to be with people who had similar experiences, and that was accomplished by joining the American Legion or the VFW. It's different now." 
Legionnaires are U.S. veterans who have served at least one day of active duty during wartime. Local posts help veterans navigate their benefits and get jobs, volunteer in their communities, raise money for veterans hospitals, sponsor college scholarships and recognize local student and military achievements.

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